A juicy page-turner about love, lies and life behind closed doors, from the bestselling Irish writer of The Daisy Picker Roisin Meaney
'What was it that Ruth had once said, something about them being like spaghetti people, all tangled up together ...'
Laura and Donal, Breffni and Cian, Andrew and Ruth: three contented young Irish couples, gathering at each other's houses for dinner parties, bound together by shared memories of childhood adventures. But beneath the cosy contentment of their lives lie tensions that threaten to erupt at any moment.
Andrew, Laura's handsome brother, has just returned home from Crete with his bride in tow, the surprisingly timid Ruth, who is finding it hard to fit in with Andrew's overbearing mother, Cecily. And, to her increasing concern, Andrew doesn't seem to have his mind entirely on her ...
Laura is desperate to have a family, and can't understand why Donal doesn't seem to share her only wish. And the beautiful, glamorous Breffni, with her lovely husband, Cian, and the golden child, Polly, well, she has the greatest surprise of all ...
With a cast of characters you'll be fascinated by and a story that will grip you at every twist and turn, Putting out the Stars is another Roisin Meaney classic. Full of drama, romance and long-buried secrets, you won't be able to put it down!
Editorial Reviews[In] Putting Out the Stars, Roisin Meaney explores the darker side of life and love.
The Limerick Leader
Meaney deftly and humorously manages [her] characters so that they develop into more rounded people.
The Irish Independent
Roisin Meaney's second novel ... shows how complex popular Irish fiction has become ... Somebody once described the perfect women's popular novel as a "conversation with girlfriends". Here you have it.
This book is packed with tensions and interpersonal battles that the reader can sense will erupt at any moment – this is a truly accomplished second novel!
New Ross Echo
Highly recommended for a holiday read
The Irish Examiner
[A] tale of modern marriage complete with intrigue, deception, love and family relationships
Irish Farmers Monthly
I couldn't put this book down! ... I would highly recommend this book as a holiday read.
Melanie Carey, Woman's Way
A wonderful story, with lots of highs and lows ... I loved every second of this book; I even cried some tears for Laura;10/10.
Judy Cahill, Woman's Way
A wonderful refreshing book from a new author. I simply could not put it down. It was entertaining and captivating. Each chapter brought more drama.
Caroline Cussen, Woman's Way
This is a kind of Limerick Ice Storm ... passion and intrigue lurking beneath the surface of married coupledom ... fans of popular fiction, not to mention married women of the South West, will find much to enjoy here.
Praise for Roisin Meaney:
Warm and uplifting ... a great summer read.
Valerie Cox, Evening Herald
With writing reminiscent of Maeve Binchy's, Meaney is carving out a niche for herself in this crowded market.
A name I'm sure we will be hearing a lot more about.